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Solarcentury connects 5 MWp community solar farm in the UK

Merston Farm community solar farm. Image by Solarcentury.

The plant was funded by investments from the local community, who will now benefit from the site in West Sussex, which is not only a source of clean energy for the community, but promotes biodiversity on the site.


BREAKING: Arizona Public Service attempts to weaken net metering - again

The utility’s latest proposal includes an elevated basic service charge, mandatory demand charges and reduced compensation for excess electricity generated.


GTM Research: Utility-scale solar PV prices will fall below $1 per watt by 2020

The company’s latest report says that large-scale, ground-mounted PV systems are on track to beat the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal for cost reduction


Shunfeng signs deal to offload solar manufacturing assets for $760m

Kin Ming Cheng.

The Chinese renewable energy firm reveals MoU signed with Hong Kong investor to sell its Jiangsu Shunfeng Photovoltaic Technology Company, which includes module maker Suntech.


China's NDRC order grid operators to purchase curtailed solar power in congested regions

Ground mounted Chinese solar farm in Qinghai.

National Development and Reform Commission issues purchase rule forcing grid operators in 11 Chinese regions to secure utilization of at least 1,300 hours of solar energy; regions identified because of network congestion and...


Commercial production begins at Solar Frontier's 150 MW CIS plant

Solar Frontier fab.

Japanese solar firm's Tohoku Plant in Miyagi Prefecture has commenced commercial production of its CIS modules, which are expected to go on sale shortly.


Leclanché battery cell fab returns to full operation after fire incident

Leclanché's lithium-ion battery cell production facility.

The Swiss battery developer announces that its battery cell production plant in Willstaett, Germany, is back in full operation and will be able to meet delivery requirements.


Renewables enjoy record 2015 in terms of investment and installations, REN21 report says

Solar and wind farm.

Global clean energy capacity increased by 147.2 GW last year, spurred by $285.9 million of investment, says REN21 Renewables 2016 Global Status Report. Sector now employs more than 8 million people.


Maryland Governor vetoes renewable energy mandate increase

The bill to raise the RPS to 25% by 2020 has strong support and the state’s legislature may override this veto.


Dow seeks further opportunities in China’s PV encapsulant film market

Dow film production in Germany

Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest chemical material companies, expressed an ambition of becoming a supplier of materials for the encapsulation and protection of PV cells within modules, particularly targeting the...


Next step in Dubai’s 3 GW solar park to be announced on Thursday

Dubai dessert.

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority has said that it will make an announcement on Thursday regarding the next stage of the tender for the 3,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.


SPI Energy connects 12.8 MW of distributed solar in China

SPI Energy connected three rooftop PV projects totaling 8.8 MW in Jiangsu and Jiangxi provinces of China

SPI Energy has powered four distributed generation projects totaling 12.8 MW in Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Shandong provinces of China.


Japan clears up uncertainty over its renewable energy FIT

Japan flag. Image Scott Gunn.

Japan’s parliament passed a key piece of legislation for solar, which revises the country’s feed-in tariff policy for renewable energies, creating a new certification system and a new tendering program for PV projects, after...


Studies reveal booming interest for storage products

Clean energy prosumers around the world are realizing the obvious benefits of storage, especially as the new affordable products appear on the market.

81% of solar energy prosumers in Australia are considering adding batteries to their PV systems. Meanwhile in Germany, 94% of citizens support integration of renewable energy storage solutions.


JA Solar playing major role in China’s Front Runner project

JA Solar module inspection

Chinese module manufacturer JA Solar is providing almost 50% of the modules for the giant 950 MW first demonstration of China’s “Front Runner” project, which is aiming to promote the development of advanced solar PV technology.


Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...


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